TeamLogic IT is aiming to help service members returning from deployment transition from soldiers to business owners. The firm is awarding a number of franchises to military service veterans in the coming months.
Through the International Franchise Association’s VetFran program––an organization that connects franchisors and veterans and provides mentoring, training and financial incentives for service members–– TeamLogic IT will award up to ten franchises to qualified military veterans, waiving the $40,000 franchise fee, in 2012. The Mission Viejo-based company has entered into a partnership with CompTIA, a leading computing technology and IT industry trade organization, to provide technicians to the new franchises.
“This $400,000 investment demonstrates our commitment to supporting veterans through the VetFran program,” said Chuck Lennon, president of TeamLogic IT and vice chairman of CompTIA. “The unemployment rate amongst veterans is already high and with so many more coming home, TeamLogic IT is committed to providing opportunities to our nation’s veterans to smoothly transition them into civilian life and the working world.”
TeamLogic IT’s veteran’s program is supported in part through its partnership with CompTIA and its Creating IT Futures Foundation, leveraging its IT-Ready Apprentice Program, which helps franchisees in participating locations find trained technicians. Focusing on the “veterans hiring veterans” aspect, many of these technicians are also former military. In order to help the franchises complete staffing needs, the foundation also subsidizes the costs associated with apprentice recruitment, training, certification and online mentoring.
“In essence, the fundamental structure of the franchising industry and military is similar,” Lennon said. “Franchisees must follow a proven business model to thrive and military personnel are trained to follow standard systems to successfully complete a mission. The skills learned in the military are completely transferable to the small business world—from logistics and operations to management and expertise, military veterans have the right framework to excel in the franchising industry.”
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